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Finished cycling holiday ~5months post Op

Hi All


Just wanted to share my happy news with you all. I’ve just been on a cycling holiday in Andalucia – beautiful spot in Spain but very hilly! It’s been just over 5 months since my MHV Aortic Valve & Ascending Aorta replacements. I’m 47yrs old and like cycling, I wanted to get back to cycling as soon as possible – I had an electric motor fitted to my bike and had been cycling again post ~2.5months since Op. I hired an Electric bike on holiday – a pedalic i.e. have to pedal to get the extra power from the battery. I cycled approx 25 to 40miles per day for 5days in ~35C up & down big hills, using only up to energy level 2 out of 4 levels of the battery – so a lot of energy from me :) I’m very pleased with my progress and the week before my holiday I saw my Cardiologist for my 5 month review – he too was happy with my progress, saying he would place no restrictions on me and he would see me in 1years time – I’m very happy about this.

Best regards to all


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Comment by Lee-Anne Bray on October 1, 2012 at 19:38

Hi Martina,

Fantastic you had a great holiday. Also you are an inspiration to us all with how much you have achieved in 5 months! Well done and im taking note of how well everyone does after the op.


Comment by Martina on September 30, 2012 at 20:17

Hi Graeme

Just posted a few photos

best regards


Comment by nic nic on September 29, 2012 at 17:16

Hi Martina sounds like a lovely holiday (I love Spain and cycling) and great news you are doing so well and cycle. I m also very happy for you that your cardiologist said no more restrictions for you. 

All the best


Comment by Graeme on September 29, 2012 at 15:15



thats fab news! Any holiday pics you can post that we can see that show us about your hols :-)






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